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Jade (Biere Biologique) - Brasserie Castelain

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Jade (Biere Biologique)Jade (Biere Biologique)

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-07-2002)
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Reviews by metter98:
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metter98

New York

3.56/5  rDev -4%

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose—apples stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has very faint hints of pale malts.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have much complexity in terms of aromas or flavors but is very drinkable (especially given the low alcohol content) and would probably be best suited for pairing with a meal as opposed to drinking it on its own.

05-10-2013 03:12:03 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%

Very nice refreshing ale,nice yellow appearanc rather spritzy for an ale.Hade some minerally tinges in the aroma with a little malt background.This would be a wonderful beer to drink out on the porch on a warm summer day,I think it was what the beer may be intended for.Just tasted like summer,rather grassy and real easy finish and very very easy to drink.

02-06-2003 08:09:47 | More by oberon
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

Well, the identity of this Castelain isn't in doubt (see Forum discussions, Nov. 2002)...

This particular bottle was charged -- big pop of the cork and lots of creamy foam. Man, I love my new giant Duvel glass and how it concentrates the upcharging carbonation into a central "plume". Hazy gold, lots of huge chunks. Smell of citrus and dank funky musk. Light body, yeasty aroma pairs with delicate flavors of sweetened citron and apple cores. Rind-like hopping at the close. Not especially memorable -- light and drinkable with a little barnyard sass and aroma.

11-20-2002 08:51:01 | More by ADR
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

Clear brassy gold with a rapidly rising and falling snowy cap, leaving no trace after a moment.
Apple and pear must nose, backed with cedar chips, and white peppercorns.
Begins with a honeyed grain notion that ventures fruitier after a moment. Green raisins, crunchy pears, and apple sauce. Wood notions surface next, with cedar and balsa, as it leads into a peppery wash with pricks of flint. It concludes dry and slaking with a dried herb hop contribution.
Light bodied with a manic carbonation that tickles the nostrils with each sip, fourtunately closer to champagne than soda.
This is a decent -even, maybe good- quaffer in the biere de garde style, but when compared to things like 3 Monts, Jenlain, Castelain, La Bavaisienne, or Sans Culottes, it is still in the minor leagues.

08-16-2005 15:37:36 | More by cokes
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +20.5%

This is very possibly my favorite Saison next to the Ch'Ti from the same brewery. This is a lower alcohol, and organic brew. Hazy gold with a huge white head that holds fairly well. Good Belgian-lace throughout the goblet. The nose is quite complex: earthy with some hops, fruity with a tartness and distinct notes of apricot, spicy with gentle clove and a hint of lemon. The high carbonation just keeps wafting the aromas upward! Obviously, there's some mouthfeel from the zesty bubbles, but coupled with a medium/light body it appears fuller. The flavor starts with hops (huh?), softening into a solid malt across the middle of the tongue, and finishing with a spicy, peppery, and earthy/mineral-like dryness. Very unique in it's hop presence, and quite crisp. Really quite unique amongst French farmhouse ales.

08-07-2002 05:48:26 | More by NeroFiddled
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%

Clear, gold in hue, it looks like cider. Minimal animation. The head was white in color; at the apex the foam was only a half finger in height. Head retention was poor; it faded quickly to a soapy cap, thicker around the edges, shortly after this the head was gone. Naked is ugly for beer. There was no subsequent lacing, bummer. I must say the appearance is very ordinary and, honestly, disappointing. Oh well. The nose is lightly musty with spicy wood undertones. Cider-like apple vibes with kisses of pears and even some white grapes. Moldy. Funky. I must be downwind from a barn. It smells Belgian but I am unclear as to the exact direction this beer wants to take. The maltiness is not very pronounced, just some breadiness, the hops don’t say much or anything with clarity anyway. The potency is low but it says enough for me to want to take a sip. Still, I’m hardly impressed by the nose. The label says “French Country Ale,” which to me is a Bière de Garde, however there is nothing about the look, smell, or taste that validates that label. Plus the abv is low. Okay, so BA lists it as a Belgian Pale Ale, I can buy that. With that said, this beer is still very ordinary. The palate is mild with dry apples and a woody, spiced candy undertone. Pears are in the mix, dry white wine finish. I like that. Mild hop bitterness, some light funk is in play. Crackers. Yeasty. The finish is crisp and I think it would work very well with cheese, something mildly funky or even an assortment of fruit. Really this beer is quite sessionable. I like that too. Overall, this beer tastes good, it is nothing special but I like it. Sometimes simplicity works. Medium/medium-light in body but it is fitting, the carbonation is a bit low for me but it doesn’t hurt the mouthfeel enough for me to downgrade it. Pleasant. On a side note, the first I ever heard of this beer was at the Dundee Dell in Omaha, they wanted $18 for a 750ml bottle. I passed. I then bought one in Kansas City, MO for $7 out of spite (this is where this sample came from). If I would have paid $18 for such an average beer I would have been quite mad. I guess that is why I rarely go to the Dell, damn their high prices! Well, this beer is decent. I might buy it again if I see it on sale or something. I could drink a few bottles in a night (if the mood was right). Solid.

04-06-2005 02:13:31 | More by bditty187
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BoitSansSoif

France

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%

A-Bottle slightly different than that shown...that one was also on the shelf, but there was a newer batch w/a beige label, green print, and a couple hop buds. Abv reads 4.5%. Pours slightly hazy light orange-gold w/dense creamy white head, bits of tracing, decent retention.

S-Bits of malt, faint fruit, hay, floral, grassy, and herbal hops.

T-Fruity (lemon, orange, apple) w/toasty malt profile, hops grace finish w/ floral, herbal and metallic notes. Aftertaste is dry w/touch of lemon.

M-Well-balanced and dry, faint metallic mouthfeel throughout. Body is on lighter side, carbonation is moderate.

D-Light refreshing brew.

12-14-2009 18:00:39 | More by BoitSansSoif
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -19.1%

A somewhat hazy golden yellow color on the pour, the head “Average” In size, structure is frothy, the color off white and the lace left behind is a fine sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is dominated by malt, lightly sweet, fresh and clean, start is sweet malt, the top cadaverous. Finish is lightly acidic, the hops sparse in their bite, dry as a bone aftertaste, drinkable, but certainly nothing to write home about, “Average”, nothing more, nothing less.

05-15-2003 16:58:03 | More by Gusler
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marc77

California

4.45/5  rDev +19.9%

The tremendously dense, formidably thick and rocky white covers a golden hued brew w/ light haze. Large flecks of yeast aggregates lazily flow amongst the streams of bubbles in a lava lamp like fashion. Tart, lemony fruity esters hit the nose at first, then are ceded by sweeter orangey citrus and a hint of yeast mustiness. A snap of honey like sweetness hits the palate at first, then is immediately followed by notes of tart citrus and mellow, non descript spices with coriander as a dominant component. Yeast fermentation byproducts are appropriately mild for this light brew; a hint of clove persists at a low, constant level. Hop bitterness perfectly offsets the light malt sweetness, leaving this brew balanced and dry overall. Expectedly light in body, but agreeably smooth and dextrinous in mouthfeel considering the strength. Finishes lightly bready, a touch tart, and dry indicative of the high attenuation. Jade is a very flavorful and complex brew considering its low strength. It's reminescent of a "Saison light." The drinkability is superlative. It's a session brew with serious character.

09-24-2002 19:11:46 | More by marc77
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aracauna

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -3%

Pale gold with light short lived head. Lots of floaty yeast. All the flavors are subtle but I picked up citrus, some esters, little bit of spice and yeast. This was a really light and refreshing beer with a slight peppery finish.

09-28-2002 21:09:42 | More by aracauna
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DrewS

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%

After all the winter seasonals, this was a refreshing break. Contained in a 750 ml. bottle, this beer pours out golden yellow and quite clear. Light malt on the nose with some earth and minerals. Very easy to drink with a nice smooth mouthfeel and clean finish. Good carbonation throughout and suitable for the style. Flavors of malt and grassy earth are predominate. Hop bitterness is there but practically undetectable. To some this beer might be perceived as thin and not very complex. I suppose in a sense this may be true but I don't believe it was intended to be a massive beer. As a light refreshing ale I enjoyed it thoroughly. Give it a chance if you want to give your palate a break.

12-10-2002 15:42:42 | More by DrewS
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horndecker

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%

Poured a dull golden into a Chimay goblet. A fine head, highly carbonated at first, bright white and sudsy, which disipates rather quickly.
The aroma is of apples and grapefruit and very little else. Is it just a bit too cold for more than that?
The taste is more tart than expected and quite a bit like a watery gueuze. I wonder if I somehow got a bad bottle, but I think this is what its meant to be, since there's plenty of carbonation and no skunky aftertaste.
It's quite light-bodied with that tart grapefruit attack and a sour apples/lambic character.
An interesting bottle, but not something I would come back to. A bit one-dimensional. The nose never did develop, and neither did the taste.

11-14-2004 00:31:30 | More by horndecker
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

04-27-2013 13:21:01 | More by DrunkinYogi
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atis

Finland

3.13/5  rDev -15.6%

Pours with large white and champagne like fizzy head that is gone almost instantly. Aroma is sweetish malt, vegetables.

Taste is sweetish malt, spicy floral hops bite, bits of citrus fruit that are present also in the sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, moderate carbonation.

Fairly drinkable, but very boring.

10-05-2011 15:24:44 | More by atis
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brc

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -21.8%

Best May 2010. Poured into tulip.

Golden / straw color, quite clear. Small white head settles reasonably quickly and leaves a little lacing.

At first there is an aroma of spicy hops. After the head settles it's the smell of pilsner malt with a touch of apples.

Fairly sweet taste, quite similar to apple juice. A bit of bitterness and spice hops in the finish, but not much.

Mouthfeel is medium for a pale ale, a bit too flat.

Drinkable, but boring.

05-25-2009 12:10:37 | More by brc
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

750 ml bottle. Jade ale pours out a mostly clear golden color, though I did not pour the large chunks near the bottom of the bottle. The beer is topped with a large, white head initially, but it fades rather quickly. The aroma is honey, herbs, lemon, and raisins. Slightly toasty malty flavor. A bit woody. The finish is herbal, grassy hops and is slightly bitter. Light to medium mouthfeel, but still flavorful. I was a bit skeptical of this beer when I saw it at the store. 4.5% abv and the bottle looked ancient. What sold me was the price: $2 for a 750 ml bottle. I think I can risk it. It tasted perhaps a bit beat up, but well worth it.

03-17-2006 02:30:37 | More by beveragecaptain
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dirtyskunk

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%

Nice bottle with a resealable cap. Keep that one for homebrewing. Pours with a beautiful mountain of pure white foam that crumbles and dissolves very slowly, but never completely, leaving lots of nice sloppy lacing. Clear light golden in color with lots of visible (and audible) carbonation. Beautiful looking beer, no complaints about the appearance.

Smells like fresh citrus hops when the bottle pops. Very refreshing in a European beer. Some nice toasty malt/wheat smell. Nothing big here in any department though.

The taste is a lot brighter and cleaner than I expected. Big tangy citrus with the malt at first, but very well balanced considering it's a small relatively light beer. Pulls back soft and dry, a little wheat, a little touch of lipsmacking hoppiness. Maybe Amarillo hops? Doubtful, but it has a similar orange flavor with a powdery aspirin bitterness. Kind of biscuity in the back too. Nothing cloying or sweet here. Some of those clean, lagery vegetable aromas.

Not expecting much in the mouthfeel because of the low ABV, but the carbonation holds it up, and it's got a nice backbone actually. Smooth and not just that stomach filling wheat beer kind of body. Dryness is nice.

I like this. Exceeds expectations. It all goes together well, just enough going on, nothing over the top. A well balanced pale Belgian with a cool bottle and a cool price. Oh yeah and it's organic.

12-07-2011 17:35:52 | More by dirtyskunk
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thkrb99

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-12-2014 18:14:31 | More by thkrb99
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StJamesGate

New York

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

Pale gold with a steady snowy carpet that fades fast. Wet grain sack and flower nectar nose - a bit sickly sweet.
Flinty grain, soup nuts and a bit of salt, a bready yeast hit and grassy hops with some white pepper if I concentrate hard and a tingly dry finish.
Crisp, light, slightest chew.

25ml bottle.

Is this a pale ale or a lager? And lots of reviews saying farmhouse/saison. So now I'm confused...

Sharp and quenching, no foul notes. But not getting any saison tastes at all, other than Belgian yeast. Nothing special, organic or not.

01-15-2012 00:48:25 | More by StJamesGate
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a grape juice flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink.

12-02-2012 22:18:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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malmquna

France

2.88/5  rDev -22.4%

Label has changed as mentioned before, along with the ABV.

Bubbly, thick, just off-white head settles over a clear lightly golden liquid. Good staying power on the head, with some lace on the glass. Smells fresh, grassy, a little yeast.

Initially a little buttery, in a good, non-rancid way. I would swear there was a little wheat in here, but the label mentions nothing but 'organic malt'. Still a nice, fresh flavor, perhaps very subtle clove or cardamom undertone. A pleasant, mild bitterness lasts through the clean finish.

Mouthfeel is full but fresh and clean. This is fairly drinkable, but probably better with some food: fish & chips, pizza, something spicy. I won't be reaching out for this every time I see it, but I would buy it again.

02-27-2010 20:26:03 | More by malmquna
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donnebaby

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

Creamy head falls flat in moments, leaving only a ring. Clear, normal-looking gold color body. Smell is sweet malts all the way. Light.

Taste is similarly sweet malts, very basic, refreshing taste. Notes of apples and caramel. A little watery. Light, light hops. Something metallic in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp, with very strong carbonation and light body. Seems very drinkable though, to find a positive point. It's also organic, which is cool.

06-25-2004 11:23:16 | More by donnebaby
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this gift. The bottle has a ton of trub in the bottom. Pours a light amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a slight bit of funky - typical of the farmhouse style. Grains as well. The flavor is slightly grainy with a hint of raisin and some funky stuff. The mouthfeel was medium to light. The drinkability was pretty good. Overall, this was an interesting beer and easy to drink, but there's a ton of sediment.

04-29-2005 17:07:39 | More by clvand0
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deejaydan

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%

French Country Ale... hmm.. Organic too. Cork came popping off, poured very carbonated. Took a while to get enough actual beer in my glass to taste. There is a familiar taste here, but I can't put my finger on it. There isn't a ton going on in the aroma department here either. It's light and crisp for an ale, which is very enjoyable on a warm day like today.

06-12-2004 19:42:35 | More by deejaydan
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JellyJacket

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%

02-15-2013 03:20:30 | More by JellyJacket
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Jade (Biere Biologique) from Brasserie Castelain
84 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.